Anubha Pathak Profile


Anubha Pathak

Fulbright Scholar, PhD Student

  • BVSc & AH, Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University, Jabalpur | India (2013)
  • MVSc, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar | India (2015)

Anubha Pathak is from India, where she is completing a PhD in zoonotic diseases and One Health at GB Pant University. She first became interested in zoonoses while visiting villages with her father, a doctor who worked with a governmental tuberculosis control program to raise awareness of the disease. During their visits, she recognized the connection between animal and human health, and used her veterinary training to educate farmers about the zoonotic risk of tuberculosis. Seeing the potential impact of this work, she decided to pursue a master’s degree in veterinary public health at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, where she specialized in avian influenza.

For her PhD, Pathak switched to bacterial pathogens to diversify her One Health training. In August 2018, after learning about the threat of AMR, and the network of surveillance laboratories and GenomeTrakr projects throughout the US, she used a Fulbright scholarship to travel to North Carolina and begin a nine-month training position with Sid Thakur.

In the Thakur lab, Pathak is working with foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, and learning how to perform whole genome sequencing, from sample collection and bacterial culture to library preparation and sequencing analysis. She is fascinated by the applications of this technique, which simplifies data sharing between laboratories and provides insight into complex infectious diseases from a One Health perspective.

When she returns to India to complete her PhD, she plans to use her training to contribute to zoonotic diseases surveillance projects, and explore new ways of mitigating AMR.


Pathak A, Kumar D, Kumar PV, Kamboj A, Sharma J, Shukla M, Upadhyay AK, Karabasanavar N, Kaushik P, Singh SP. Mutations in DNA gyrase and topoisomerase genes linked to fluoroquinolone resistance in Salmonella Typhimurium of animal origin in India. J Glob Antimicrob Resist 2018 Oct; pii: S2213-7165(18)30193-0 (Pubmed)

Pathak AP, Murugkar HV, Nagarajan S, Sood R, Tosh C, Kumar M, Athira CK, Praveen A. Survivability of low pathogenic (H9N2) avian influenza virus in water in the presence of Atyopsismoluccensis (Bamboo shrimp). Zoonoses Public Health 2018 Feb; 65(1): e124-e129 (Pubmed)

Pathak A, Kumar D. Telehealth in India: Helping to achieve health for all. Vet Rec 2017; 180(23): 572-573 (Pubmed)

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